Covid-19: N396 bn budgeted for vaccine in 2022 Appropriation Bill – Minister

The Federal Government has stated that the sum of N396 billion has been budgeted for the provision of vaccines in the 2022 Appropriation Bill.

This was disclosed by Dr. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday.

“Sometime in January, the President had based on the request by the Ministry of Health, given in principle, approval for the Ministry of Health to work with the Ministry of Finance, budget and National Planning to prepare and take to the National Assembly a supplementary budget for Covid-19 vaccination”, she said.

The submission that was made to Mr. President at that time was in the sum of N396 billion, but included in this N396 billion was N103 billion for the building of primary healthcare centres.

“So, we have worked with that and met several times with the ministry; we have agreed to back out from this building of primary health care centres, that can wait till later.

“So, there is still a provision of N396 billion for COVID-19 vaccinations for 2021 and 2022,” she further stated.

She added that the delay in rolling out the supplementary budget on covid was because the FG expected the ministry to confirm the vaccines donation that Nigeria is expecting. “We are expecting a total of not less than 43 million doses of vaccines”, she stated.

She further disclosed that the ministry is working with partners that are donating these vaccines, citing that the FG acknowledges the timelines of the donations and sees the gap that the government needs to fill in 2021.

However, she added that they have provided to the ministry, funds to enable the rollout of the four million vaccines that have been brought already into the country.

Recall the Minister stated in January that the Federal Government was resolving what type of Covid-19 vaccine to procure and the quantity needed.

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